London - Sunday's clash against Manchester City is an ideal
opportunity for Chelsea to signal the seriousness of their Premier League title
defence, defender Kurt Zouma has said.
Zouma made only his second start in the Premier League
against runners-up City last January in the game at Stamford Bridge, which
ended in a 1-1 draw.
The France international, who joined Chelsea from
Saint-Etienne in January 2014, has happy memories from that match and was
confident of a similar strong show against City at the Etihad Stadium.
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"We know we are playing against a good team on Sunday
and it will be difficult, but we have a chance to win. I think it will be a
very interesting game," Zouma told Chelsea's website (www.chelseafc.com).
"It's a chance early in the season to show why we are
champions. We want to defend our title.
"The season after a very good season is always hard but
we have to show we are ready to try and do it."
The 20-year-old Zouma, who grew up as a central defender,
has shown his versatility having played several games in midfield and more
recently was deployed as a left-back in the Community Shield.
"Because I'm right-footed I have never played at
left-back. It was different for me positionally so I had to learn quickly and
adapt to it," Zouma added.
"It's really not a problem because the boss needed me
in that position and I have to give everything for the team.
"They were good experiences for me because I played the
games and I always want to be on the pitch enjoying myself. I'm feeling very
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